PM Ardern Gets Second Term In A Landslide Win

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won a landslide victory the country's general election, leveraging success battling COVID-19 to gain an unprecedented outright majority and the chance to implement her reform agenda.

With two thirds of the vote counted, Ardern's Centre-Left Labour Party was on 49.2 percent and forecast to take around 64 seats in the 120-member parliament.

No leader has achieved an absolute majority since New Zealand adopted a proportional voting system in 1996, leading to a succession of multi-party governments.

While the count has not been finalized, the figures were enough for opposition leader Judith Collins to concede after phoning Ardern.